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Israeli Air Strike Kills 4 Palestinians in Gaza

21 May 2007

Palestinian medical workers say at least four Islamic Jihad militants were killed Monday in an air strike on their car in northern Gaza.

The Israeli army confirmed the attack in Jabaliya, but provided no details.

On Sunday, Palestinian officials said an Israeli air strike on the Gaza City home of a senior member of Hamas killed eight people and wounded at least 12 others.

Israel launched the attack hours after its security Cabinet said it would intensify operations in Gaza to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets into Israel.

The Cabinet Sunday the Israeli army would be allowed to target those in Hamas and Islamic Jihad deemed responsible for rocket attacks.

Earlier Sunday, an Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza killed three suspected Hamas militants. Another strike targeted a suspected weapons workshop.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Palestinians have fired 120 rockets since Wednesday. Israel has carried out air strikes in Gaza since Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Egyptian mediators say the rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have carried out the terms of a truce, ending a week of fighting. Several ceasefires agreed in recent weeks quickly collapsed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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